Get ready for the coolest competition of the year: area students from local teams flying hand-built, remote controlled robots through a challenging series of precision maneuvers - all in under 15 minutes - underwater. This year, the competition is challenging students to tackle problems that impact the entire world. Plastics clogging our rivers, lakes, waterways, and ocean, from the surface to the bottom of the Mariana Trench. Climate change raising ocean temperatures, affecting the health of coral reefs. Contaminants in our waterways. You can find these scenarios from Pennsylvania to Portugal, Florida to Australia, the Western Pacific to the Mid-Atlantic, and Indianapolis to Indonesia.
2021 MATE Gray's Reef Regional ROV Competition
Chatham County Aquatic Center
Jody Patterson is an ocean advocate, STEM educator and outreach facilitator who is now acting as the director of the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Foundation. Gray's Reef has hosted the southeast regional MATE ROV competition for over 15 years with Jody at the helm for the past six seasons.